William Gay’s work has appeared in Harper’s, The Georgia Review, and G.Q. Like Larry Brown, Gay creates deeply layered tales that plumb the depths of the human heart. The Long Home focuses on a volatile triangle of deception, love, and guilt. As Nathan Winer grows up in a rural Tennessee community, his life, and those closest to him, are touched by the evil that dwells in one ruthless and powerful man.
Author William Gay is the winner of the 1999 William Peden Award and the 1999 James A. Michener Memorial Prize. In his debut collection, Gay brings to life 13 stories about a diverse group of colorful characters living in the fertile Tennessee country land.
When Kenneth and Corrie Tyler become suspicious of the town undertaker, they attempt to discover the truth. But what they find is far worse than they had feared.
In his third novel, award-winning author William Gay is sure to astound listeners with his dark themes and memorable characters.
David Binder is a young, successful writer living in Chicago and suffering from writer's block. He stares at the blank page, and the blank page stares back - until inspiration strikes in the form of a ghost story that captivated him as a child. With his pregnant wife and young daughter in tow, he sets out to explore the myth of Virginia Beale, Faery Queen of the Haunted Dell.
E.F. Bloodworth has returned to his home - a forgotten corner of Tennessee - after 20 years of roaming. The wife he walked out on has withered and faded, his three sons are grown and angry. Warren is a womanizing alcoholic, Boyd is driven by jealousy to hunt down his wife's lover, and Brady puts hexes on his enemies from his mamma's porch. Only Fleming, the old man's grandson, treats him with the respect his age commands, and sees past all the hatred to realize the way it can posion a man's soul.
"Story and Narration a perfect match"
"Oil Shocks", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Basta", by Gay Talese; "Doctor, Doctor", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Silver of Lead", by William Finnegan; "The Plastic Panic", by Jerome Groopman; and "Epic Struggles", by David Denby.